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Vietnam and South Korea have to address wartime legacy together

Landmark ruling for 1968 massacre survivor is awkward for both governments

| South Korea
Nguyen Thi Thanh speaks by video with supporters in Seoul on Feb. 7: The landmark ruling in her favor puts the South Korean government in a difficult position.   © Kyodo

Dien Luong is a visiting fellow with the media, technology and society program at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore researching online censorship. 

South Korea and Vietnam have become the closest of partners in recent years, with Samsung Electronics, South Korea's top exporter and the world's biggest seller of mobile phones, now building most of its handsets in Vietnam.

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